Rudolf Bernauer

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Berlin plaque at former residence site of Rudolf Bernauer in Berlin-Schöneberg.

Rudolf Bernauer (1880-1953) was an Austrian lyricist, librettist, screenwriter, film director, producer,[1] and actor.

He was born on 20 January 1880, in Vienna, Austria. He died on 27 November 1953, in London, England, UK.[1] He was father of German/British actress Agnes Bernelle (1923-1999). His name sometimes appears as Rudolf Bernnauer (double-n) or Rudolph Bernauer.[1]

His autobiography is "Theater meines Lebens. Erinnerungen" ("Theater of my life: Memories"), published in Berlin in 1955.

Life[edit]

He made his 1900 debut as an actor at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. In 1907, he took over the Berlin Theater with Carl Meinhardt, then in 1911 to the Hebbel Theater and 1913, the comedy house. Finally, he was the owner of the theater at Nollendorfplatz.

Rudolf Bernauer wrote lyrics for the Berlin operettas: Der liebe Augustin (1912), Wie einst im Mai (1913), The mysterious history of the conductor Kreisler (1922), for which his own simultaneous stage ("Kreislerbühne") was developed, and Kreislers Eckfenster (1923).

His songs include: "Die Männer sind alle Verbrecher" ("All men are criminals..."), "Untern Linden, untern Linden" ("Unter den Linden") and "Es war in Schöneberg im Monat Mai" ("It was in Schöneberg in the month of May"). In 1924, he gave up all of his stages.

In 1935, he emigrated (fled) to London. He had a large apartment at Viktoria-Luise-Platz 1, in Berlin-Schöneberg (Germany), but the whole building was destroyed during the war. On a new building at this address in 1998 a memorial plaque was dedicated to him.[2] The unveiling of the plaque was attended by his daughter, the actress Agnes Bernelle.[3]

He staged a total of two movies, but wrote screenplays and texts for some other films.

List of works[edit]

Plays by Rudolf Bernauer[edit]

  • The Chocolate Soldier (Der tapfere Soldat, with Leopold Jacobson, 1908, operetta, music by Oscar Straus) - based on Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
  • Die keusche Barbara (Cudná Barbora, with Leopold Jacobson, 1910, operetta, music by Oskar Nedbal)
  • Der liebe Augustin (with Ernst Welisch, 1912, operetta, music by Leo Fall) - English-language adaptation: Princess Caprice
  • Große Rosinen (with Rudolf Schanzer, 1912, Große Originalposse mit Musik und Tanz, music by Walter Kollo and Willy Bredschneider)
  • Filmzauber (with Rudolf Schanzer, 1912, Posse mit Gesang, music by Walter Kollo and Willy Bredschneider)
  • Wie einst im Mai (with Rudolf Schanzer, 1913, Posse mit Gesang und Tanz, music by Walter Kollo and Willy Bredschneider) - English-language adaptation: Maytime
  • Extrablätter (with Rudolf Schanzer and Heinz Gordon, 1914, music by Walter Kollo and Willy Bredschneider)
  • Jung-England (with Ernst Welisch, 1914, operetta, music by Leo Fall)
  • Wenn zwei Hochzeit machen (with Rudolf Schanzer, 1915, Scherzspiel mit Gesang und Tanz, music by Walter Kollo and Willy Bredschneider)
  • Auf Flügeln des Gesangs (with Rudolf Schanzer, 1916, music by Walter Kollo and Willy Bredschneider)
  • Die tolle Komtess (with Rudolf Schanzer, 1917, operetta, music by Walter Kollo)
  • Blitzblaues Blut (with Rudolf Schanzer, 1918, operetta, music by Walter Kollo)
  • Sterne, die wieder leuchten (with Rudolf Schanzer and Michael Klapp, 1918, operetta, music by Walter Kollo)
  • Die Sache mit Lola (with Rudolf Schanzer, 1920)
  • Die wunderlichen Geschichten des Kapellmeisters Kreisler (with Carl Meinhard, 1922, music by Emil von Reznicek) - based on Tomcat Murr by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • Die Geliebte seiner Hoheit (with Rudolf Österreicher, 1924, operetta, music by Jean Gilbert)
  • Der Garten Eden (with Rudolf Österreicher, 1926) - English-language adaptation: The Garden of Eden
  • Das zweite Leben (with Rudolf Österreicher, 1927)
  • Geld auf der Straße (with Rudolf Österreicher, 1928)
  • Das Konto X (with Rudolf Österreicher, 1930)

Filmography[edit]

Works as lyricist[edit]

The earliest known work is as a lyricist:[1]

  • The Chocolate Soldier (1941) lyrics for songs: "The Chocolate Soldier" (1909), "Forgive" (1909), "My Hero" (1909), "Seek the Spy" (1909), "Sympathy" (1909), "Thank the Lord the War Is Over" (1909), "Tiralala" (1909).

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